Hoops with House 11

Hey Sky Fans!... My Bloodshot eyes and I are here! Basketball, Basketball, Basketball! Whew… Yeah, I’m still in the basement. I can’t begin to tell you how many games I’ve watched, taped and re-watched. First off, let’s check on how the results from my “Must See” games went, my prognosticator skills. HA!

PHILADELPHIA REGION

#11 Dayton vs. #6 Penn State
This was a great game to watch. I had Dayton by a deuce, but the Flyers were unable to overcome a 21 – 5 FT line differential and were out rebounded by 7, giving up 12 offensive rebounds to the Lady Lions in the 75-66 loss. Take nothing away from Penn State they played a fantastic game. Alex Bentley’s 25 points on 28 FG attempts was great performance. The sophomore was aggressive and determined. Penn State is going to be good for a long time as almost all of its key contributors are freshman and sophomores. Patrice Lalor and senior Kristen Daugherty continued to impress with 18 points apiece on very consistent play for the Flyers. It would have been interesting to see if this game’s outcome would have been different if Dayton’s leading scorer, Justine Raterman, were able to play at full strength.

DAYTON REGION

#12 Bowling Green vs. #5 Georgia Tech
Give Georgia Tech the credit here… they were able to enforce their will in this one in the second half. Bowling Green did what they needed to do and trailed by only a point at halftime, but Georgia Tech’s pressure defense was too much. Tech forced BG into 25 turnovers and did not allow the Falcons to make a three point shot until there was seven minutes left in the game. Those are two key areas for Bowling Green’s success this season. The difference was GT’s ability to control the glass, nearly doubling BG in offensive rebounds 16 to 9. With everything else statistically almost the same, Georgia Tech’s 7 extra field goals with 15 extra attempts from the field was too much for Bowling Green.
I’m 0 for 2, DANG…

SPOKANE REGION

#9 St. John’s vs. #8 Texas Tech
This one did not disappoint me. 55-50, it was a staunch defensive battle. I still feel like this region is the strongest. This was by far the toughest “eight – nine” matchup in the entire tournament. St. John’s shot 35% from the field, TT 33.3% The Johnnies pounded the glass for 43 total rebounds, 14 offensive. This game was one of the most physical thus far. St, John’s, like Penn State, is another very good young team with many contributors just freshman and sophomores.
With: 10 to go it was 54-50 St. John’s, almost a one-possession game.
OK… 1 for 3, finally.

DALLAS REGION

#10 Louisiana Tech vs. #7 Rutgers
Rutgers answered any questions as to if they belonged in the tournament. Their defense was stifling, holding the Lady Techsters to just 27% shooting, while shooting a blistering 51% themselves. The Scarlet Knights were clicking on all cylinders with April Sykes peaking at the absolute best time for the Scarlet Knights. LA Tech will be back, they are good, they are young and they are well coached. I still miss the sleeves though, bring back the sleeves!
The Shreveport crowd was all Tech… the game on the floor was all Rutgers.
1 for 4, see I told you – I never pick these things right.

OTHER GAMES

Who watched UCLA – Gonzaga? WOW! Courtney Vandersloot becomes the first player – male or female – to score 2,000 points and dish out 1,000 assists in NCAA history! She put on a spectacular performance: 29 points and 17 assists with 5 steals. Kayla Standish led all scorers with 30 points on only 14 shots. Talk about an efficient, high-powered team! When Gonzaga gets running, they are hard to stop. Gonzaga’s reward is a Sweet 16 match up with either Louisville or Xavier – two more teams they can beat if they continue to play as they did last night. Can’t wait for that match up!

Marist College had Duke on the ropes! Marist is always one of the toughest outs in the NCAA tournament. While I was at Virginia, we played them in the NCAA tournament and we needed a super human performance from Monica Wright to survive. Marist back picks and flare screens the daylights out of every team they play and they knock in threes like they are layups. Marist shot 48% to Duke’s 43%. Marist made 10 of 27 three’s to Duke’s 5 of 17. Marist shot 80% from the free throw line, Duke shot 52% from the line… trouble was, Marist had 5 free throw attempts, Duke went to the line 23 times. Live by the three… die by the three. The Red Foxes did all this without their best player, leading scorer and MAAC Player of the Year Erica Allenspach for the majority of the game. Marist had a great look for the tie with seconds to go! Duke’s pressure and depth in the end was just too much for the Red Foxes.

All right Sky Fans; back to the games... enjoy all the rest of the NCAA action. I’ll come up for air and check in with you next week! For previous editions of Sky Hoops with House, click here.